Trade and Green Economy: Side Event to the UN ECE PrepCom for Rio+20

2 December 2011
Geneva, Switzerland

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) cordially invite you to join a side event on Trade and Green Economy, to be held at the Rio+20 Regional Preparatory Meeting for the ECE region.

The objective is to provide an opportunity to discuss what a transition to a green economy means for trade in the ECE region, identify key trade opportunities and challenges for the region, and contribute to the Rio+20 discussions in the region.

Governments, regional organizations, civil society groups, intergovernmental organizations, and other stakeholders in the region, will exchange perspectives on key issues about trade in a green economy. Presentations by panellists will be followed by an open discussion.

A summary of the event can be found here: Trade and Green Economy Side Event Summary


13.15-13.30 Welcome remarks by UNECE/FAO, ICTSD and UNEP

13.30-14.15 Presentations by panellists

Legality verification & beyond: challenges and opportunities for timber trade. Ben Gunneberg, PEFC

What opportunities exist in the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia region in the growing market for organic agriculture exports? Asad Naqvi, UNEP Economics and Trade Branch

The potential of the green services sector. Patricia Molano, Sustainable Systems

14.15-14.45 Open discussion kicked off by Olga Ponizova, EcoAccord (Russia)

For any additional information about the event please emailMr. George Riddell at

All the UNECE RPM meeting documents can be found here: